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April 24, On this Day in Aviation History

April 24, On this Day in Aviation History

1917 (France) — Lt. Col. William “Billy” Mitchell becomes the first United States Army officer to fly over German lines.


1946 (USSR) — First flights of the first Soviet designed and built jet aircraft, MiG-9 and Yak-15, are made. A member of the company test team for the Yak-15, Olga Yamschikova, is probably the first woman to fly a turbojet-powered aircraft when she flies in 1947.


Yak 15 above, MiG 9 below.mig9

1946 (USA) — Winged Cargo Inc. opens an unusual freight service in which goods are carried in a Waco CG-4A glider towed by a Douglas DC-3.


1948 (West Germany) The Berlin airlift begins to relieve the surrounded city.


1980 (Iran) – Operation Eagle Claw (A.K.A. Operation Rice Bowl) was a United States Armed Forces operation ordered by U.S. President Jimmy Carter, attempts to end the Iran hostage crisis by rescuing 52 embassy staff held captive at the Embassy of the United States in Tehran. The attempt fails when a rescue plane collides with a helicopter in the Iranian desert.


Updated: April 24, 2017 — 5:18 PM
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